name Amher comes from when the family resided in the locality of Amherst,
in the parish of Pembury in Kent.
Early Origins of the Amher family
The surname Amher was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Amherst, in the parish of Pembury. They held a family seat
, some say, about the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy
in 1086, although this book does not show the record in the county of Kent
. The pedigree is only traceable to the year 1400 but the Harleian manuscripts show the name to be seated at Amherst in the early 1200's and from this source Earl Amherst was shown to represent this ancient family seated at Amhurst (ancient spelling).
Early History of the Amher family
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Amher Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Amher has been recorded under many different variations, including Amherst, Amhirst, Amhearst and others.
Early Notables of the Amher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Amher family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Amher or a variant listed above: John Amhearst who landed in North America in 1700.
The Amher Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Victoriam concordia crescit
Motto Translation: Concord insures victory.